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January 28, 2019Member Education

The new fabric studio at Artscape Daniels Launchpad.

Members tour Toronto’s Artscape Daniels Launchpad, Mississauga’s Small Arms Inspection Building and view Callum Schuster’s latest work

The first education of 2019 for Partners in Art members consisted of a tour of Artscape’s latest arts hub, Artscape Daniels Launchpad, with chief executive officer Tim Jones. This purpose-made building enables artists and creatives to work in fully-equipped studio spaces and have access to common, board and event space for a modest monthly fee.

A contemplative view from the event space at Artscape Daniels Launchpad.

The arts hub supports professional artists and has a focus on developing the pedagogy of entrepreneurship. Learn more about the space by visiting Artscape Daniels Launchpad

A former arms-manufacturing facility in Mississauga will be replaced with artist spaces.

The Small Arms Inspection Building (SAIB) recently reopened after being designated a historic site. On January 24th members were given a tour of the new space, which will be used as an artist and community space. While half of which is still under construction, there are plans to have three or four exhibits per year with lots of time between exhibits for the space to be used for alternate creative purposes.

Using taxidermy and high-visibility vests as her materials, Malbeuf’s works speak to the tensions found in various societies.

Currently Amy Malbeuf‘s exhibit Tensions fills the 1800 sq. ft. space at SAIB. A Métis visual artist from Alberta, her multidisciplinary work is centred around tarps – objects that are utilitarian, practical and necessary – yet through Malbeuf’s intervention they become symbolic.

Callum Shuster describes the ideas behind his art during a well-attended morning education.

PIA members had the opportunity to meet the Toronto artist Callum Schuster at Project Gallery’s Queen Street East location on January 26th. Schuster’s show Ferrodolia focussed on the poetic side of science. He mixes iron and chroma dust in resin, and then manipulates the liquid solution with magnets, This allows Schuster  to form unique layers of transparent films which make up the body of this exhibition. 

Oak Tree by Callum Schuster, made from oak dust, iron and resin.

With three Toronto locations, Project Gallery hosts a critical selection of artists, whose work reflects new and innovative developments in contemporary art.